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NEW FISHERIES LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY

The Norwegian government has pledged to spend about R50 million in the next three years

establishing a new Fisheries Crime Law Enforcement Academy that will tackle fish crime in South African waters.

The Academy has been established at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth as a focused project of the Fisheries Crime Working Group under Operation Phakisa.  It will offer short learning programmes on fisheries law enforcement.  These will be accredited and credits can be accumulated towards a Higher Certificate or Diploma. The Academy will collaborate with partners for the development and evaluation of training materials.  Amongst the partners are INTERPOL, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Norwegian Government. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) unit is presently engaging the Academy on the courses to be rolled out and training will commence as early as August/September 2016